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Gov. Ricketts Addresses American Legion Convention in Kearney | KRVN Radio

Gov. Ricketts Addresses American Legion Convention in Kearney

Gov. Ricketts Addresses American Legion Convention in Kearney

Governor Pete Ricketts spoke to veterans and attendees of the American Legion – Department of Nebraska’s Annual Convention in Kearney on Friday.  At the convention, the Governor spoke about how his administration has been working to make Nebraska the most veteran-friendly state in the country.

“United States military veterans are our country’s heroes,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Remembering our veterans is important, but how we treat them is a pivotal part of honoring their service and sacrifice.  That is why I have made it a priority to make Nebraska the best state in the nation to be a veteran.  To this end, we have been streamlining services for our veterans, expanding employment opportunities, and advocating for our veterans, among other things.”

GOV. RICKETTS IS MAKING NEBRASKA A GREAT PLACE FOR VETERANS

Over the past few years, Governor Ricketts has worked with the Legislature and veterans’ groups to place a focus on supporting Nebraska’s military families and veterans.  Below are a few examples of how Governor Ricketts is making Nebraska a more veteran friendly state:

  • Merging the NDVA and the Division of Veterans’ Homes to create a one-stop shop for veterans’ services in Nebraska.
  • Approving a 20 percent pay increase for staff care technicians working for the NDVA.
  • Expanding the hiring preference in Nebraska to include spouses of service members.
  • Waiving the requirement for veterans to resubmit certification for a key property tax exemption if no change in medical condition has occurred.
  • Creating five additional Military Honor License Plates to recognize the service of members of the reserves of the armed forces.
  • Approving revisions to Rule 21, allowing military spouses to receive a three-year teaching permit in Nebraska with a valid out-of-state license.
  • Signing LB 88e (2017) into law, which authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to issue temporary licenses for occupations regulated under the Uniform Credentialing Act to military spouses.
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